James Orson Williams

James Orson Williams, 74, of Shady Cove, died Aug. 13, 2008 in Medford.
    
He was born in Lost Creek, West Virginia on Sept. 2, 1933 to Charles and Susie Williams.
   
Mr. Williams graduated from Salem College in West Virginia at only 20 years of age with a bachelor’s degree. He later obtained his master’s degree and taught industrial arts classes in New York and New Jersey, from 1960 until his retirement in 1993.
   
He was an honorary member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians of South Jersey where he was known as Running Beaver. He taught Indian students for 10 years after his retirement.
   
He married Donna Jean Gray on Aug. 23, 1954. They later divorced and he married Shirley Mae Johnson on Feb. 13, 1971. In Bridgeton. N.J. He moved from Shiloh, N.J. to southern Oregon in 2005, after his wife passed away in April, 2004.
   
Mr. Williams was a volunteer for many years with Shiloh Fire & Rescue and was superintendent of the Cumberland County Fire Police Association and assisted with the 9-11 disaster. He and his wife hosted a French exchange student in 1975. He had many hobbies including gardening, fishing, leatherwork and camping.
   
He is survived by his son, Bradley James Williams, of Olivehurst, Calif.; daughters, Caroline Jean Robinson, of Shady Cove, Stephani Jo Cummings, of Sacramento, Pollyanna Williams, of Guatemala and Judith Ann Thompson of Pittsburgh, PA.; a sister, Lenora Virginia Russell, of Williamstown, W.V.; brothers, T. Dane Williams, of Lost Creek, W.V. and John F. Williams, of North Loup, Nebr; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
   
He was preceded in death by his brothers, "Roxy" Dane Williams, Morris "Kendall" Wilson, Ransell "Lee" Williams, "Charles" Mather Williams and McClain Williams.
   
The memorial service for Mr. Williams will be held at the Seventh Day Baptist Church, Sept. 5 with Rev. Perry Cain of Lost Creek. W.V. officiating. A graveside service will be Sept. 8 in Bridgeton. N.J.
   
Hillcrest Memorial Park is handling arrangements. 

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